Book Review: Counseling One Another

Title: Counseling One Another: A Theology of Interpersonal Discipleship Author: Paul Tautges Publisher: Shepherd Press (February 29, 2016) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 195 Have you ever been part of a church where you were just one more body in the pew? One more donation to the offering plate? A face in the crowd that no one knew? Did you ever think that there was something wrong about that? While I am not one to promote the current trend of making church “relevant”, I understand that at least part of what is driving people away from the church in this day and age is a lack of relationship. This book provides part of the answer to that. Readers should not be scared off by the title, Counseling One Another. The author is not suggesting that we all have little offices with couches and have each other over day after day for a good cry followed … Keep reading!

Book Review: Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work

Title: Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work Author: Robby Gallaty Publisher: Zondervan (October 20, 2015) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 240 Jesus commanded His disciples to make disciples in Matthew 28:19-20, a passage we often label as The Great Commission. Some would argue this was a command given specifically (and only) to the eleven apostles, an argument that I will not take the time to address here, but much of the Church recognizes these words as binding on all Christians. Why is it, then, that the practice of making disciples seems to have fallen so far out of favor? Before delving into an explanation of how we should disciple others, Gallaty starts by laying out a framework to understand how discipleship worked in Jesus’ day. He makes the case that our frequent interpretation or use of the words “disciple” and “discipleship” are often worlds apart from … Keep reading!